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Head start parents ask Congressman Ryan for help

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Parents who have children involved with the local Head Start program are urging Congress to ease the drastic spending cuts that will impact so many vulnerable families.

The families brought their concerns to the Youngstown office of Congressman Tim Ryan today. The so-called sequester cuts would deny thousands of children the benefits of Head Start's early education and child care programs.

"The projection is across the nation, 70,000 children will lose their seat at any given Head Start site. In the state of Ohio, the number is 2,500. Here in Mahoning County at 5 percent, the number is over 50 children," says Doug Sherl, a Head Start parent and community volunteer.

More than 100 children could be left out of Head Start if Trumbull and Columbiana counties are added.

The families were told that Congressman Ryan is on their side and he is hopeful that congress will take action to ease the spending cuts for Head Start and Early Head Start.

Tune in to 21 News at 6 p.m. for more on this story.


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